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Is This My Beautiful Life?

A few days ago in New York City, a huge community forum was held titled "Is This My Beautiful Life? Perspectives From Survivors of the AIDS Generation." I was honored to work with the group that planned it, and to join the panel that kicked-off the discussion.

This all started for many of us on that Tuesday morning in December. Three days before, Spencer was making a seemingly strong recovery, and we thought he was out of the woods. Then everything went to shit, and we all rushed to that hospital none of us had ever heard of at the very tip of Manhattan. Spencer Cox was one of the youngest of ACT UP's alumni, and his death at only 44 sent a shock-wave to all of us—not just the current and former activists, but our generation—our AIDS generation, men and women, positive and negative. 

A huge and largely healthy discussion ensued - with long phone calls, dinners with friends we hadn't seen in recent years, Facebook threads, blog postings, and even a long article in a Sunday New York Times. A kind of bubble had burst. What did this say about us? How are we doing now? How are we treating each other? Is there a community that even cares about us?

Please watch this powerful eleven minute "trailer" of what many felt was a moving and cathartic night. The needs and concerns of the AIDS generation should not be ignored.

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Dear Peter Staley

This may not be the right place or the right time to say this, but after watching last night "How to survive a plague", I wanted to say Thank you; Thank you so much for all you have done for us. I feel that so many of us are still alive because of your heroic activism.
No words could to be strong enough to express my gratitude.

HIV transmissions in the US are limited mainly to sharing of needles and to unprotected sex among gay males. WHY should anyone, seriously anyone, in this country consider this a health crisis when its a matter of choice (to use condoms or not; to have multiple partners or not, etc).

I have plenty of gay friends (spent 20 years in manhattan). I'm not some twinkie ingesting redneck. I'm educated, urbane, and northeast based. And i'm fully in favor of gay marraige and all other things that allow people to live the way they want to live with prejudice or fear. But explain to me americans should care about or subsidize research for people who are taking their lives in their own hands for the sake of a a good time. How about responsibility? Would be more than willing to debate or discuss with you.In person, on the phone, whatever. Come to NYC often from philly.


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